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Which Bathroom Wall Covering?

Choosing the right bathroom wall covering is an important decision. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you choose the right option for your bathroom and budget.

If minimal maintenance is your thing, solid surface wall coverings are the solution for you; if you like to change your style every few years then wallpaper won’t be up long enough to look tatty; and if you want to do it on a budget and don’t mind the occasional touch up, keep it cheap and simple with a coat of paint.

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Bathroom wall covering advantages and disadvantages

Advantages Disadvantages
Painting is the most economic option: it’s cheap, easy to change/update and there are plenty of colour choices available Paint is prone to pealing and mould. To prevent this from happening, use a paint that is suitable for bathrooms (mildew resistant) and install a suitable extractor fan to remove excess moisture
Ceramic tiles are a great way to customise a bathroom space. They can be used sparingly in wet areas or as an overall wall covering such as in a wet room Tiles are time intensive to put up and the grouting is prone to mould – to prevent this problem use a brand that is mould resistant. Tiles can be expensive when done over large areas and in awkwardly shaped spaces where tiles will have to be cut to fit
Solid surface walls can be a cheap and effective option, giving a seamless surface, making it less likely to attract mould Solid surface walls are not suitable in bathrooms with curved walls or awkward corners, as they need to be cut to fit, which will detract from the seamless look
Wallpapering a bathroom is a great way to use a print you love, but which would overwhelm a larger room Not all wallpaper is suitable for use in bathrooms and its life span tends to be less than other alternatives at around 7 years

bathroom wall coveringIt’s important to choose an option that will work for you, your family and your bathroom, so consider your choice of materials carefully.

If you want to give your bathroom a makeover, post your home improvement job on RatedPeople.com to be put in contact with up to 3 quality tradesmen in your local area, who will each quote for your job. You’ll be able to pick your ideal tradesman based on their quotes and ratings from previous homeowners. When your tradesman has completed your project, remember to rate him – to help other homeowners with their decisions to hire a tradesman. 

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